Kenya Iyego Gatubu AB

This sparkling coffee comes to us from the the Iyego Coffee Growers Cooperative Society. Today, the society is 7,528 members strong—approximately 4,500 of whom are active—and on average, members farm about a one-third hectare of planted coffee.

The Cooperative Society is fully owned by its members, who contribute shares and are issued share certificates. It’s also regulated by the Cooperatives Act. In the Murang'a District, near Muguru, cooperative members grow coffee in small gardens with red, volcanic soil.

The Gatubu factory, or mill, washes and ferments the coffees with fresh river water before drying them on raised beds. It has also taken steps toward environmental conservation by initiating projects to recycle the waste water from its six soaking pits.

This washed coffee of SL 28 and Ruiru 11 varieties is grown at 1500-1700MASL.

This is a deliciously complex coffee. We get notes of gummy bears, grapefruit, currant, walnuts and brown sugar. 

(the illustration is part of a series by Patrick Hruby highlighting UNESCO World Heritage sites in the countries of origin from which we buy coffee. This is Mount Kenya)